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IRGINIA 



WILDLIFE 



MARCH 2012 



FOUR DOLLARS 



Annual 
Photography 
Contest 
Showcase 






www.wsfr75.com 




The images inside this issue reaffirm for anyone who has traveled 
the state: We live in a benevolent region of the world. Virginia, 
by geographic good fortune, has plenty to brag about — rich habitat for 
black bears to roam her mountains, for whitetails to browse her fields, 
and for feisty cobia to migrate into her storied Chesapeake. It's no sur- 
prise, then, that the annual photography contest showcasing the 
breadth of Virginia's natural beauty remains one of our most popular 
endeavors. We receive requests for copies of the March magazine well 
after the fact, and online orders remain strong throughout the year. 

Captivating photographs in any realm, but especially those about 
nature, tend to calm our oudook on the world. A stunning image takes 
our words away, leaving us to simply stare and soak it all in. When life 
seems out of control, as it often does to me these days, a scene of a bu- 
colic landscape or the penetrating stare of a wild animal soothes my 
mind. It can hold me transfixed in its narrative of truth or even trans- 
port me to another time and place. It tells me that things are "still work- 
ing right" out there, that the world I know is still intact. In either case, I 
am jarred by its impact and, however temporary, filled with a burst of 
optimism. 

It was therefore great fiin to review all of the images, including the 
photographs submitted in the newest category. Patterns & Textures — 
which generated a huge response from our readers. Those photos speak 
to the rhythms and repetitions we find routinely in nature. One cannot 
spend but a few minutes afield without seeing these grand patterns — in 
the coat of a red fox, in the feathers of a blue jay, in the handiwork of an 
orb spider, in the cells of a honeycomb. I could go on and on, of course. 

Famous naturalist and author Annie Dillard writes in her 1974 
seminal work, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, about learning to see things in 
nature: "Intricacy is that which is given from the beginning, the 
binhright, and in intricacy is the hardiness of complexity that ensures 
against the failure of all life. This is our heritage, the piebald landscape of 
time. We walk around; we see a shred of the infinite possible combina- 
tions of an infinite variety of forms." 

Many of us walking around did not enter this contest but still 
enjoy spending time behind the camera lens. Others, for varied reasons 
of circimistance, may not own a camera but deeply value nature and 
wildlife photography nonetheless. Wherever you come down in this 
equation, I suspect that Annie Dillard is right and that you, like me, are 
on a journey to learn how to see. It is indeed a journey that opens our 
minds to nature's infinite possible combinations of textures and pat- 
terns; one that leaves us gasping in appreciation for the intricacies of 
life — in all of its forms — all about us. And it is a journey of hope: about 
the present, about the future, about our brief time here on Earth. 



Sally Mais, Editor 



MISSION STATEMENT 

To manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; 
To provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the 
rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided /or in the Constitution of Virginia; To promote safety for persons and prop- 
erty in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; To provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of 
and appreciation for Virginia's fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities. 

Dedicated to the Conservation of Virginia's Wildlife and Natural Resources 



vol 11 Mi: 7 3 



NUMBER 3 



COMMONWEALTH OF X'lRGlNl 
Bob McDonnell, Governor 

HUNTING & FISHING 
LICENSE EEES 

Subsidized this publication 

SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES 
Douglas W. Domenech 

DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND 

INLAND FISHERIES j 

Bob Duncan ' 

Executive Director 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD 

Lisa Caruso, Church Road 
J. Brent Clarke, IH, Great Falls 
Curtis D. Colgate, Virginia Beach 
James W. Hazel, Oakton 
Randy J. Kozuch, Alexandria 
Mary Louisa Pollard, Irvington 
F. Scott Reed, Jr., Manakin-Sabot 
Leon Turner, Fincastle 
Charles S. Yates, Cleveland 

MAGAZINE STAFF 

Sally Mills, Editor 

Lee Walker, Ron Messina, Contributing Editors 

Emily Pels, Art Director 

Carol Kushlak, Production Manager 

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Virginia Wildlife (ISSN 0042 6792) is published month 
by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheric 
Send all subscription orders and address changes to Virgin 
Wildlife, P. O. Box 830, Boone, Iowa 50036. Address . 
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Virginia and additional entry offices. 

Copyright 2012 by the Virginia Department of Game .n 
Inland Fisheries. All rights reserved. 

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shall aHoi 
to all persons an equal access to Department programs .ii 
fecilities without regard to race, color, religion, national oi 
gin, disabilit)', sex, or age. If you believe that you have bci 
discriminated against in any program, activity or tacilii 
please write to: Virginia Department of Game and InLii 
Fisheries, ATTN: Compliance Officer, (4010 West Bro, 
Street.) P. O. Box 1 1 104, Richmond, Vii^nia 23230- 110 

This publication is intended for general informational p 
poses only and eveiy effort has been made to ensure its Ji 
racy. The information contained herein does not serve 
legal representation offish and wildlife laws or regulati. 
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fishi : 
does not assume responsibility for any change in dates, re 
ulations, or information that may occur after publication 



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FRONT COVER: 
GRAND PRIZE WINNER 

William Groah 
Stuarts Draft 

Congratulations go to William Groah of 
Stuarts Draft for winning the coveted GRAND 
PRIZE in this year's competition, the front 
cover of the magazine! His delightful, yet 
beautifully eerie, photograph of two fledgling 
barn owls was taken in a silo in Fishersville. 
William reports that the parents of these 
youngsters have successfully raised owls for 
several years, and these are two of the three 
raised in 2011. The judges felt that the in- 
triguing textures of the birds'feathers and the 
silo wall, the lovely composition, and the 
warm browns of the engaging owls would 
make a fabulous cover We hope you agree. 
Way to go, William! 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 digital camera, 
IS080,1/15th,f/2.8. 




BACK COVER: 
KIDS' GR.VND PRIZE 
WINNER 

Ian Bverly, age 1 6 

Rural Retreat' 

Congratulations go to Ian Byerly of Rural 
Retreat for his alert tufted titmouse perched 
on a pine branch. Originally photographed 
fora school competition in which he came in 
second place, lan's bird wins big this time, 
running away with the coveted Grand Prize 
Back Cover What an awesome win, Ian!!! 

Canon EOS SOD DSLR camera. Canon 180mm 
lens, ISO 640, l/400th,f/5.6. 



MARCH 
CONTENTS 



5 LANDSCAPES 



8 UNDER THE SURFACE 



12 GONE FISHING 



14 FURR^' CRITTERS 



18 BIRDS 



22 A DOG'S LIFE 



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24 PATTERNS & TEXTURES 



29 kids & CAMERAS 



34 HUMOR 



Annual 
Photography Contest 

Showcase 



by Lynda Richardson 



As I walked into the magazine office 
over the December holiday break, 
the room was aflutter with people 
moving chairs around a table holding a seri- 
ously large Mac Pro monitor. An extension 
cord was in place for the external hard drive 
that held all of the contest entries — already 
separated into categories (thanks Kim!). 
There were a lot of images to go 
through, 1 ,244 to be exact, but this number 
was down from last year. We weren't really 
surprised, since we had decided to experi- 
ment by changing some of the contest cate- 
gories this time around. 

Our first, collective reaction: "Hmmm, 
maybe we should bring back the popular cat- 
egory, A Bug's Life. . . What do you think? " 

As usual, the biggest categories were: 
Birds (316), followed by Landscapes (242), 
and the new category, Patterns & Textures 
(238). We were really delighted by the cre- 
ativity in the awesome collection of photo- 
graphs submitted to Patterns & Textures so 
we added more honorable mention awards, 
as you wiO see. 

The other categories broke down as fol- 
lows: Furry Critters (178), Under the Surface 
(105), and the rest had around 50 submis- 
sions each, except for A Dog's Life — ^which 
only received 1 5 entries. That surprised all of 
us! 

Over two full days, the judges scruti- 
nized image afi:er image while trading opin- 
ions about the work. As you can imagine, it is 
pretty tough to whitde down hundreds of 
photographs to three placements and a few 
honorable mentions per category. 

We all loved Front Cover Grand Prize 
Winner William Groah's barn owl image. 
The gorgeous texture and colors combined 
with a lovely composition, lighting, and the 



young owls' engaging contact with the viewer 
was a no-brainer for this year's cover! And 
look at 16-year-old Ian Byerly's perky and 
pensive titmouse that made a fantastic Kids' 
Grand Prize Winner back cover! Speaking of 
kids.... how about those Shank boys? They 
cleaned up with first, second, and a tie for 
third with their incredible bird photography. 
I'll bet their dad is proud! 

If you weren't a winner this year, make 
sure you consider these possible reasons: 
Something we saw over and over again were 
photographs that had been shot at high ISOs 
and were therefore very noisy (grainy). Also, 
there were images that had obviously been 
cropped from larger photographs, blown up, 
and overly sharpened. Lastly, some images 
were so saturated that I suspect these photog- 
raphers may need to have their monitors cali- 
brated. All of these problems resulted in 
images that would not reproduce well in the 
magazine, so they were unfortunately dis- 
qualified. Rats!!!! 

There were many phenomenal photo- 
graphs submitted, and I woiJd love to com- 
ment on all of them. Since there isn't enough 
space to do so here, what I can do is use up- 
coming Photo Tips columns to address topics 
that may be helpfiil to you in capturing even 
better images in the fiiture. 

It is our hope that you will spend time 
enjoying these 64 winning photographs. As 
you might imagine, much planning, time, 
hard work, creativity, and patience went into 
each and every one. So look and be inspired! 
Grab your camera and go out to the forests, 
marshes, rivers, mountains, and fields of our 
great state and capture your award-winning 
photographs! You never know; you could be 
the next winner in the Virginia Wildlife An- 
nual Photography Contest! Happy Shooting! 




by Mary Moore of Midlothian, tufted titmouse 
landing 



SPECIAL NOTE: The staff of Virginia Wildlife maga- 
zine and I are extremely thankful for the generous 
and loyal support of Ted Bullard, president and 
owner of Richmond Camera and Richmond Profes- 
sional Lab. When you are seeking photographic 
services, please show your support and consider 
Richmond Camera and Richmond Professional Lab 
for your needs. Thank you, Ted! 

STAY TUNED for information about next year's 
photography contest. The timing of the contest, 
and possibly the format, will change. As soon as 
we nail down the details, the information will 
be posted on the Virginia Wildlife web page, at: 
www.dgifvirginia.gov/virginia-wildlife. 

But don't let this slow you down. Keep your 
camera handy and your shutter finger nimble 
throughout the coming year by taking lots of 
photos! 



VIRGINIA WILDLIFE www.HuntFishVA.com 



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bFIRS T PLACE 

Julia E. Connelly 
Rochelle 

Big Meadows, Julia's favorite spot in Shenandoah National Park, never fails 
to supply her with fabulous photographic opportunities. For this stunning 
image, Julia reports that she was working to isolate the interesting shapes, 
patterns, and colors ofthis favorite group oftrees. Congratulations, Julia! 

Nikon D80 DSLR camera, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro lens, IS0 160, 1/40th, 
f/1 3.0 on tripod. 



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PatriciaTemples 

Stanardsville 

On April Fool's Day, a brief snow storm hit Big Meadows 
in Shenandoah National Park and Patricia was there to 
capture this beautiful image. I love how the clouds in 
the background mimic the color and shape of the 
snow-dusted tree. Awesome, Patricia! 

Nikon D90 DSLR camera, Nikkor 70-300mm lens, 
ISO 200,1 /400th, f/1 4.0. 



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HONORABLE MENTION 

Dane Clingan 

Providence Forge 

Aftera day of photographing shorebirds at Chincoteague National Wildlife 
Refuge, Dane captured the end of the day in a gorgeous sunset. Wow! 

Nikon D90,Tokina12-24mmf/4.0lens, ISO 400,1/60th,f/n.O. 



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|third place 



Harold Jerrell 
Rose Hill 

Fall foliage adds fiery colorto this tranquil scene ofthe Devil's Bathtub at Fort Blackmore in Scott County. Nice work, Harold! 
Nikon D700 DSLR camera, Nikkor 35mm lens, ISO 200, 2.5 second exposure, f/16.0. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Ed Felker 

Lovettsville 

A swirl of red maple leaves against a rich blue sky makes this intriguing 
and creative image a winner! Totally cool! 

Canon EOS Rebel Tl i DSLR camera, 1 0-24mm lens, ISO 1 00, 1 /1 600, f/3.5. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

ChrisTennant 

Williamsburg 

Black and white was a great choice for this dramatic shot ofthe overlook 
at Raven's Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Powerful! 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera, Canon 24-1 05mm f/4.0 L USM lens, 
ISO 100, 20 seconds, f/14. 



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Mark Regan 
Reston 

A smiling Northern water snake carries its catfish meal to a 
safer dining location. Mark captured this surprising and rare 
momentfrom his kayakatAlgonkian Park in Sterling. 
Awesome photograph, Mark! 

Canon E0S40D DSLR camera, Canon 24-1 05mm IS USM lens, 
IS0200,l/400th,f/7.1. 



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SECOND PLACE 

Sandra Snider 
Virginia Beach 

With only the tops of their heads breaking the 
surface, this pair of amorous toads rests amid the 
efforts of their affairwhich can be seen, just 
below the surface. Great spotting, Sandra! 

Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera, Canon EF 70- 
300mm lens, ISO 400, 1/500th,f/5.0. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Wayne Wolfer sberger 
Herndon 

Aspot of sun lights upa bullfrog enjoying the water at 
Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax County. Nice! 

Nikon D300 DSLR camera, Nikkor 200-400mm lens with 
1 .7X teleconverter, ISO 200, 1 /1 25th, f/8.0, on a tripod. 



MARCH 2012 




THIRD PLACE 

Keith Lucas 
Verona 

As the waters ofthePiankatank River near Deltaville warm up, 
jellyfish become abundant and found just below the surface. 
Using a long lens, Keith captured this elegant photograph of a lacy 
looking jellyfish. Beautiful! 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark III, Canon 300mm f/2.8 lens with 
1 .4X teleconverter, ISO 400, 1 /1 600, f/4.0. 



HONORABLE MENTION 

Sloane Mayberry 

Charlotte, NC 

A young Northern water snake peaks out of the water and 
tests the air at Craig's Creek in New Castle. Cute! 

Nikon D40x, Nikkor55-200mm lens, ISO 400, l/60th,f/5.3. 




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HONORABLE 
iMENTION 

Vickie James 
Richmond 

A Northern water snake pauses while 
hunting along a creek at Lewis Ginter 
Botanical Garden. I love the blur of water 
in the background. Cool shot, Vickie! 

Olympus C765 Ultra Zoom point-and- 
shoot digital camera, ISO 64, l/60th, f/3.5. 



HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Bill Corbett 

McLean 

Rising up from the depths of Clay Pond at 
Great Falls Park, this bullfrog peers through 
a protective covering of duckweed, making 
for an interesting combination of texture, 
light, and color. Great job. Bill! 

Nikon D300 DSLR camera, Nikkor 300mm 
f/2.8VR lens, Nikon TC20teleconverter, 
ISO 200, l/20th,f/9.0 on tripod. 



HONORABLE 
MENTION 

AaronTavlor 

Newport News 

Small fish gather to nibble algae on 
the back of a slider swimming at 
Huntington Park. Lovely detail of a 
below-the-surface moment, Aaron! 

Nikon D5000 DSLR camera, Nikkor 55- 
300mm lens, ISO 500, 1 /1000th, f/7.1 . 



MARCH 2012 11 



Gone Fishin 




Jim Kirby 
Reston 

A father and his color-coordinated daughter (I love that pink rod and reel 
combination!) enjoy a trout fishing trip in Reston. Great composition, color, 
and a delightful moment captured forever! Congratulations, Jim! 

Canon EOS IDMarkVI DSLR camera, 100mm lens, ISO 1250, 1/800th,f/5.6. 



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SECOND P LACE 

Mark Regan 
Reston 

A kayaking fisherman paddles into the 
reflections of an evening sunset on the 
Potomac River nearAlgonkian Park 
in Loudoun County. Gorgeous photo- 
graph, Mark! 

Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera, Canon 
70-200LISIens,IS0400,l/125,f/8.0. 




THIRD PLACE 

Rob Sabatmi 
Richmond 

"A proud kingfisher inspects the many failed attempts of a less proficient species," 
writes winner Rob about this photograph he took on the bank of the James River 
in downtown Richmond. AcleverlookatGone Fishing, Rob! Waytogo! 

Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon 400mm lens, ISO 200, 1 /800th, f/7.1 . 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Zelia Frick 
Salisbury, NC 

Two retirees enjoy a relaxing day of good old fashioned fishing at Lake Shenandoah 
in Massenetta Springs. What a lovely and tranquil bygones scene! Good job, Zelia! 

Nikon D7000 DLSRcamera, Nikkor 18-105mm lens, ISO 250, 1/125th, f/4.5. 



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Jose Hernandez 
Carrollton 

This stunning image of a whitetail buck racing across a 
Chincoteague marsh at sunset grabbed the judges' attention 
for its gorgeous light, lovely composition, and dramatic stop 
action. Congratulations go to Jose for this awesome 
photograph! 

Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens 
with 1.4Xteleconverter, ISO 400, 1 /640th, f/5.6. 



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SECOND PLACE 



David Everette 

Richmond 

A black bear making its way through a forest near Big 
Meadows in Shenandoah National Park wanders through 
a spider web, pausing long enough to have its unique and 
intriguing portrait taken. Wonderful shot, David! 

Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera, Tamron 200-400mm lens, 
IS0400,1/60th,f/5.6. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Bill Corbert 

McLean 

A cute little gray squirrel pauses in 
alarm, captured in this beautifully lit 
portrait. This is a great example of 
how using natural backlighting and 
fill-flash can really make an image 
outstanding. Good job, Bill! 

Nikon D300 DSLR camera, NikkorVR 
300mm f/2.8G lens with NikonTCil 
(1.7X)teleconverter,IS0200,1/25th, 
f/8.0 with SB-800 flash. 



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THIRD PLACE 

Jim Ruff 

Blowing Rock, NC 

As the glowing light of a fall evening spread across Big Meadows in 
Shenandoah National Park, a ten-point buck spots the photographer 
shooting his portrait. Fabulous image, Jim! 

Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 IS USM lens, 
ISO 200,1 /500th, f/4.0. 



HONORABLE 
MENTION 

John Laurie 
Virginia Beach 

As a cottontail relaxes in a dirt bed, ears 
red from the backlight make for a 
winning shot. Wonderful! 

Canon EOS D60 DSLR camera. Canon EF 
70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens, IS0 1000, 
l/50th,f/2.8. 




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HONORABLE MENTION 

Andrew Maneno 
Delaplane 

Hiding in the grass, a red fox pup thinks about its next meal. 
Adorable! 

Canon EOS SOD DSLR camera, Canon 1 00-400mm 
f/4.5-5.6L IS lens, ISO 500, 1 /2000th, f/5.6. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Da\id Bushman 

Strasburg 

A Delmarva fox squirrel chows down on fresh spring blossoms 
by the Wildlife Loop at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. 
WOW! 

Nikon D300 camera, Sigma 300mm f/2.8 lens with Sigma 
teleconverter, ISO 800, 1 /1 00th, f/9.0. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Richard Maitri 
Roanoke 

A curious whitetail deer stares at the photographer as fog rolls 
across the field behind. What a beautiful moment! 

Canon EOS 20D DSLR camera. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, 
ISO 100, l/400th, f/2.8. 



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Jerry Van Cleave 
Williamsburg 

A cedar waxwing enjoys a drink from an icy spot in York River State 
Park. Judges were drawn to this image because of the delicate 
textures ofthe ice and grass contrasted against the smooth looking 
bird. We also noted a wonderful catch light in the black eye, often 
very difficult to capture on a bird with a black mask. The tiny drop 
of water on the bill added to the delicacy ofthe whole image. 
Fabulous photograph, Jerry! 

Canon EOS Rebel XTi DSLR camera. Canon EF 100-400mm IS lens, 
IS040ai/125th,f/5.6. 



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SECOND PLACE 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Jim Kirby 

Reston 

A great blue heron bursts from a tree on a 
misty day along the river, photographed 
from a kayak on the Bull Run in Clifton. 
Lovely! 

Canon EOS -1 D Mark VI, Canon 200mm 
lens, ISO 640, 1/540th,f/5.6. 



Wayne Wolfer sberger 
Herndon 

Afemale hooded merganserw^atching over her 
young created a lovely family gathering on a log at 
Huntley Meadows Park. Great composition and 
warm light and colors make a delightful scene. 
Wonderful moment, Wayne! 

Nikon D300, Nikon 200-400mm VR lens with 
1 .7mm teleconverter, ISO 800, 1 /1 00th, f/8.0 with 
tripod. 



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^HIRD PLACE 



John Scott 

Midlothian 

Kicl(ed out of its nest and rained on, this great 
horned owl fledgling was not happy, as you 
can see. John reports that the owlet stayed in 
the same location in his backyard for two 
days before getting soaked. Talk about 
adding insult to emotional injury! Even 
teenage owls have bad days. 

Nikon D90DSLR camera, Nikkor70-300mm 
f/4.5-5.6VR lens, ISO 100, 3 seconds, f/22.0. 



HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Randv Streufert 

Mason Neck 

An aerobatic ruby-throated humming- 
bird is frozen in time by seven flash 
units — three Nikon SB900s and two 
SB800S on the bird and two SB800s to 
light up the background. Awesome, 
Randy! 

Nikon D700 DSLR camera, Nikkor 200- 
400mm f/4.0 lens, ISO 200, l/250th, 
f/20.0 with a tripod. 




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HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Jim Kirbv 

Reston 

A glamorous common moorhen 
pauses during its daily rounds along 
the Bull Run as photographed from a 
kayak in Clifton. Gorgeous! 

Canon EOS -ID Mark VI, Canon 
200mm lens, ISO 640, l/540th,f/5.6. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Julie Kacmarcik 
Chester 

One November day, the smallest of 
Virginia's owls, a Northern saw 
whet, is photographed staring into 
the forest in the Powhatan W/ildlife 
Management Area. Good spotting, 
Julie! 

Canon PowerShot SXl 10 IS digital 
point and shoot camera, ISO 200, 
1/15th,f/4.3. 



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FIRST PLACE 

Ed Felker 
Lovettsville 



Glowing sunlight bathes Winnie, a Hungarian wirehaired vizsia, 
during her early morning training session in Loudoun County. 
A breed rarely seen in the field, this combination of great light 
and composition all came togetherto make this a winner! 
Congratulations, Ed! 

Nikon Coolpix P80 digital camera, ISO 64, 1 /1 1 5th, f/4.0. 



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SECOND PLACE 

Michael Dupont 

Centreville 

Nothing says duck or goose hunting like 
a Labrador retriever, a river, and snow. 
In this quiet moment, Michael was able 
to capture his friend Buddy and an eager 
Lab waiting for the birds to show up. 
Michael reports that the photograph 
wa5"taken with an old Casio (camera) 
that is now in the bottom of the river." 
Oh well, at least you got one great shot 
out of it! 

Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z70 point and 
shoot digital camera, ISO unrecorded, 
1/1 60th, f/4.5. 









THIRD PLACE 

Kenneth Allwinc 
NInde 

A hard working Brittany hunts at the 
edge ofa muddy wetland in King George; 
a wetland that Kenneth reports was 
created by beavers. Nice shot ofa well- 
trained dog! 








Canon 7D DSLR camera, Canon 100- 
400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, ISO 800, 
1/125th,f/5.0. 







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Rob Sabatini 

Richmond 

Like ornaments on a holiday tree, morning dew decorates a delicate 
spider's web in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. This bold image, 
originally shot in color and converted to black and white, was the 
hands-down favorite illustrating repeated patterns, incredible detail, 
and use of light. WOW. Congratulations on an incredible shot, Rob! 

Canon EOS Rebel XSi DSLR camera. Canon 100mm macro f/2.8 lens, 
ISO10O,l/20th,f/6.3. 



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Jim Kirby 
Reston 

A grove of trees discovered while paddling a kayak 
along Bull Run in Clifton at first had judges checking to 
make sure the image wasn't a painting. The gorgeous 
light, repeated patterns, and the one-third, two-thirds 
composition made it a winner! Awesome, Jim! 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark VI DSLR camera, 400mm lens, 
IS0400,l/200th,f/7.1. 



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THIRD PLACE 

Leonora Bridges 
Ferrum 

Sometimes the best subjects can be 
found in your own backyard, as seen 
here in Leonora's exquisite icicles. 
Strong contrast and intriguing patterns 
and color make this photograph a 
delight. What an outstanding image! 

Nikon D70 DSLR camera, 300mm lens, 
no ISO recorded, 1/500th,f/22.0. 



HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Steve Romine 
Lynchburg 

Raindrops make repeated patterns 
on colorful lily pads found at Otter 
Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 
Amherst County. Gorgeous! 

Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, Nikkor 
70-300mmf/4.5-5.6 lens, ISO 100, 
1/40th,f/11.0. 




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Dane Clingan 
Providence Forge 

Sunlight playing through the trees and a rippling of the 
water's surface made for an intricate and unusual combi- 
nation of patterns and textures in this photograph. By 
usinga polarizer overthe lens, the photographerwasalso 
able to reveal the river bottom cutting reflections and 
making the image even more intriguing. This photograph 
was taken at the Pony Pasture Park along the James River 
in Richmond. Great work! 

Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, Nikkor 24-1 20mm f/4.0 lens, 
ISO 400,1 /250th, f/5.6. 







HONORABLE MENTION 

Wendy Nelson 
Williamsburg 

It's amazing that insects can work together to build 
such intricate patterns and then fill them with a delicious 
treat. This image was taken at a local apiary, winning a 
placement for Wendy! Good work! 

Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon EF 100mm Macro 
f/2.8USM lens, ISO 250, l/160,f/10.0. 






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William Tucker 

Moneta 

Dramatic in black and white, this seed pod was 
photographed in Greenfield Park in Botetourt County. 
Cool! 

Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, Nikkor 28-300mm lens, 
ISO 200,1 /640th, f/1 3.0. 



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HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Julia E. Connelly 
Rochelle 

After a bluebird crashed into her front 
window and died, Julia paid tribute 
to the bird by photographing its 
beautiful wings. Fabulous! 

Nikon D80 digital SLR camera, Nikon 
105mm f/2.8 micro lens, IS0 100, 
1/8th,f/25.0. 



HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Susan Byerly 

Rural Retreat 

While sitting on a flower on a back 
deck, this butterfly's wing became a 
study ofcolor, texture, and patterns. 
Great shot! 

Canon SOD DSLR camera, 70mm lens, 
IS0400,1/400th,f/10.0. 




HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Dane Clingan 

Providence Forge 

Sunset on one of New Kent County's 
many ponds provided a pastel back- 
drop for this water dwelling shrub and 
its reflection, replicating a Rorschach 
inkblot test pattern. Very cool! 

Nikon D7000, Nikon 24-1 20mm f/4.0 
lens, ISO 400, 1/250th,f/8.0. 









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Kids & Cameras 




FIRST PLACE 

Allen Shank, age 9 
Dayton 

Congratulations go to Allen Shank for his fabulous photograph of a 
goldfinch flying from a tree during a migrating warbler scouting trip to 
Buchanan County this past April. Awesome shot, Allen!!! 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV DSLR camera, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L USM 
lens, ISO 3200, 1 /5000th, f/4.0 with a 1 .4X teleconverter. 



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SECOND PLACE 



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Darren Shank, age 1 2 
Dayton 

After spotting a red-eyed vireo nest near their driveway, 
the Shanl< family set up scaffolding so they could take 
turns photographing the nest at eye level. When his 
turn came, Darren was able to capture this delightful 
moment as the anxious parents looked over their hungry 
brood. Wow, Darren! 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV DSLR camera, 600mm lens, ISO 
800,l/200th,f/13.0. 



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THIRD PLACE 

Ally Widzinski, age 1 1 
Round Hill 

A silver-spotted skipper sips on a zinnia 
at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, making a 
winning shot for Ally. You go, girl! 

Nikon D40DSLR camera, Nikkor 55- 
200mm f/4.0-5.6 lens, ISO 200, 
l/250th,f/8.0. 



THIRD PLACE 

Shaphan Shank, age 14 

Dayton 

A hermit thrush enjoys a red berry, 
creating a fabulous shot for Shaphan. 
Great timing!! 

Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV DSLR camera, 
600mm lens, ISO 1250, VSOOth, 
f/4.0. 



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HONORABLE 
MENTION 

Nancy Martin, age 1 2 
Richmond 

A big whitetail buck relaxes in 
Shenandoah National Park with a 
meal of dried grass and Nancy was 
there to capture a lovely portrait of 
him. Way to go, Nancy! 

Canon 7D DSLR camera, Canon EF 

70-200mmLISIIIens,IS0640, 

l/800th,f/2.8. 




HONORABLE MENTION 

Jessee Johnson, age 1 4 
Forest 

Jessee writes that yellow Lab, Jeb, really enjoys his time spent in 
the blind. She titled her image,"Happyto be Hunting." 
Great shot, Jessee! 

Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR camera. Canon EF SI 8-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 
lens, ISO 200, l/100th,f/7.1. 



HONORABLE MENTION 

Isaac Alderfer, age 1 2 

Broadway 

Seed pods provide support for a tiny spider and its web, 
creating a winnerfor Isaac! Beautiful! 

Canon PowerShotSXllO-IS point and shoot digital 
camera, ISO 80, l/1250th,f/4.5. 



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HONOR.\BLE 
MENTION 

Samantha SimonofF, age 1 5 

Fairfax Station 

A mallard duckling photographed in 
Fairfax County provided a winner! 
Good job, Samantha! 

SonyAlphaSLT-A55V digital camera, 
ISO 640, 1 /500th, no f/stop recorded. 



HONOR\BLE 
MENTION 

Joel Cox, age 1 3 

Ashland 

While on a bald eagle tour on the 
James River near Richmond, Joel was 
able to grab this photograph of an 
eagle catching a fish. Fish on, Joel! 

Canon EOS Digital Rebel DSLR camera, 
300mm lens, ISO 400, 1 /2000th, f/5.6. 



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Humor 




Fnrr\' Critters Humor 

Philip Delano 

Richmond 

While playing together, one squirrel appeared to offer the 
other a bit of advice or consoling. Photographer Philip caught 
the moment, mentioning that this is one of his favorite images. 
We thought it was hilarious and came up with all sorts of cap- 
tions — one being, "Son. . . winter's coming soon. What do 
you say . . . you and I hit the woods tomorrow?" 

Nikon D70 DSLR camera, lens not recorded, ISO not recorded, 
1/160th,f/4.8. 



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Birds Hiinior 

Dane Clingan 

Providence Forge 

This mallard pair seems to be having a common couple's moment and is 
aptly titled by the photographer, "On Deaf Ears." We thought maybe, 
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?!!!!!!!" 

Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6mm lens, IS0 100, 1 /200th, f/5.6. 




Kids & Cameras Humor 

Samantha SimonofF, age 1 5 

Fairfax Station 

We couldn't help but laugh when we saw this smiling buck. Samantha captured 
this winning image at Burke Lake Park this past June. What could the buck be 
thinking? "My mom told me to be polite and always smile for the camera." 

Sony DSC SLT-A55 V digital camera, ISO 200, 1 /500th, no f/stop recorded. 



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Dogs Humor 

Tracey McPherson 
Crimora 

Tracey writes that her eleven-year-old red beagle loves to poseforthe 
camera and gave hera wink, indicating she was ready for the shot. 
"Dog-ster Livingston, I presume?" 

Nikon D3100, no lens recorded, ISO 3200, l/40th,f/5.6. 



Kids 

& Cameras 

Humor 

Matthias Graber, age 1 5 
Rose Hill 

After shooting a series of images of 
this squirrel, a delightful surprise was 
discovered, proving that squirrels 
really do fly up trees. This great shot 
was captured at Cumberland Bowl 
ParkinJonesville. Unbelievable! 

Kodak EasyshareZ1015IS,IS0400, 
1/1 25th, f/5.4. 




Below The Surface Humor 

Mark Regan 
Reston 

"Potomac mermaids"Sreya (left) and daughter Kelly get crazy with some 
river grass in the Potomac River in Loudoun County. 

Canon Powershot S80, ISO 200, 1/1 25th, f/8.0. 



Fishing Humor 

MacWells 
Richmond 

Two young fishermen couldn't resist testing the waters of a swimming 
pool with their fishing rods. One can only wonder how the conversation 
might go. "I find that a green pumpkin black rubber worm works better 
than the purple firetail in these waters." Too cute! 

Canon EOS 7D DLSR camera, lens not recorded, ISO 400, 1/1 000th, f/8.0. 



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